Wyoming, Grand Rapids and Kentwood consider combining police and fire services
Caroline MacGregor July 9, 2013 | WGVU
of Wyoming, Kentwood and Grand Rapids will meet in a special joint session next
week to consider the feasibility of forming regional police and fire services.
In 2012, the
communities contracted with the consulting arm of the International City/County
Management Association to conduct a two phase review of police and fire operations in all three cities and implement recommendations
to improve services and reduce costs.
Deputy City Manager, Eric Delong, says individual police and fire departments
have started implementing changes from Phase One.
“The idea of the Phase II study is to build on the work completed in Phase I to see if we can do even better.”
The July 18
presentation at Wyoming City Hall will focus on the outcome of the Phase II
portion of the work and potential opportunities for joint Police and Fire
services to serve all three cities.
DeLong says the project is supported by
grants as well as the individual communities themselves.
"Each of the communities - they share the cost as well so we were very thankful for the support of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation and the Frey Foundation."
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